Jul 202012
 

Shaping and Packaging Methods

•    Pu-erh tea has a special packaging method as well as many possibilities in
shapes when compressed.

•     Both the green and black pu-erh teas are left as loose leaves or compressed in
“cakes” using any of these shapes :

a)         Brick Tea (Juan Cha)

b)         Cake Tea (Beeng Cha) this is the most popular shape and generally
weighs  about 357grams

c)         Bell Shape (Toa Cha)

d)         Shape (Maw Gu Toaw)

Shaping and Packaging Methods

  • When the tea has been compressed,  paper made with  natural fiber
    is wrapped around each compressed shape.   They are  bundled with  dried bamboo leaves in stacks of seven which they call  “tung”.  This is a very old method and dates back centuries  but is guaranteed to keep the packaged teas clean  and tightly packed which aids in their fermentation.
  • Pu-erh tea can also be dome-shaped  (tuo cha), square or brick shaped  (cha Zhuan)  or pumpkin-shaped.  Actually, Pu-erh can take any shape or design desired.  The College of Pu-erh Tea of the  Yunnan Agricultural University owns   decorative panels  made beautiful by  using Pu-erh  as shown in the photos below.

Shaping and Packaging Methods

Watch this video showing how raw Pu-erh tea is packaged into cakes at a small factory in Yunnan, China

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ThOL272oEqI

Further, watch this interesting video showing how to break Puerh tea. An unusual process in itself, the breaking of the tea is often done for just what is required of one single serving of tea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4CsEVtCgkNU

I.    What is Pu-erh tea

 II.    Pu-erh’s Origins

III.    Production

 IV.    Types of Pu’erh and Brewing

  V.    Flavours of Pu-Erh Tea

 VI.    Pu-Erh Tea and  Its Many Health Benefits

VII.    Shaping  and Packaging Methods

VIII.   Storing Pu-Erh Tea

 IX.    Criteria For Choosing Pu-Erh Tea

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